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last straw

 and the straw that broke the camel's back
the final difficulty in a series; the last little burden or problem that causes everything to collapse. (From the image of a camel being loaded down with much weight. Finally, at some point, one more straw will be too much and the camel's back will break.) When our best player came down sick, that was the straw that broke the camel's back. We hoped to make the playoffs, but lost all the rest of our games. When she showed up late a third time, that was the straw that broke the camel's back. We had to fire her.
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last straw

n. the final act or insult; the act that finally calls for a response. This is the last straw. I’m calling the police.
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Apparently, the new 10% tax on imports was the last straw.
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Keith Landy, president of the CJC, said another statement by Archbishop Peers, posted on April 5 on the Anglican church's website, (see page 5 in this issue of the Journal) was the last straw.
The last straw came for the footballer when a bogus story announcing his death was posted on a Glasgow Rangers website.